The Prisoners of Breendonk
Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp
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With access to the camp and its archives and with rare photos and artwork, James M. Deem pieces together the story of the camp by telling the stories of its victims—Jews, communists, resistance fighters, and common criminals—for the first time in an English-language publication. Leon Nolis's haunting photography of the camp today accompanies the wide range of archival images.
The story of Breendonk is one you will never forget.
Praise For The Prisoners of Breendonk: Personal Histories from a World War II Concentration Camp…
—School Library Journal, starred review
* "A sobering study of man's inhumanity to man, and an important book that demands serious consideration and discussion."
—Booklist, starred review
"Breendonk does not share the infamy of such Nazi concentration camps as Buchenwald or Dachau, but in this insightful and revealing history, Deem rescues this Belgian prison from near obscurity and tells the stories of some of the thousands who suffered and died there. "
"Deem tells a chronological history of Breendonk by weaving together dozens of personal histories...For many, Breendonk had been only the beginning, and by following a handful of prisoners to their various ends, Deem illustrates that each story had a unique trajectory."
—Horn Book Magazine
"Deem's unflinching look at the prisoner experience at Breendonk...gives voice to Breendonk's victims...a thorough history."
Mariner Books, 9780358240280, 352pp.
Publication Date: August 25, 2020